Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer
The day dawned bright and breezy on Saturday, Sept. 22 – a perfect day for running. The men’s and women’s cross country teams hopped off the bus ready for action at the Third Annual Ram Ramble hosted by Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. After a two-week break from meets, everyone was excited to get back into the swing of racing.
The day went smoothly with the women placing second, again out of a field of eight women’s teams. Junior Mary Jones led the pack as always, finishing with a time of 20:15. Intrepid freshman Elizabeth Hinchley was a mere two seconds behind with a finishing time of 20:17 for the 5k course. The women raced strongly and in true team fashion, sticking together and pushing each other to stay onpace. They were defeated by Midwestern State University by a mere seven points, 28-35.
The men followed the women with their 8K race. A duo of freshmen, Ryan McAnany and Javier Secaira, led the men’s team to a fourth place finish out of a field of nine competing teams. So far, the team has shown consistency, but hopes to move up in the rankings in the next couple of races. Senior Clinton Heyer was unable to race due to injuries; when he is once again able to run, things are likely to look up for the Crusaders.
When asked how he felt about the women’s third consecutive second-place finish, Coach Matt Buchhorn replied: “It’s frustrating! I want to win, and I know we can do it. We’ve been putting in the work, and it is going to pay off.” Next week, the Crusaders will travel to the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas to race. Look more exciting results to follow as they run to victory!